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MLB rumors: Giants' Madison Bumgarner trade return 'not going to be great'

MLB rumors: Giants' Madison Bumgarner trade return 'not going to be great'

If you're hoping that the Giants get back a franchise-changing package of prospects in a trade for ace Madison Bumgarner, we've got bad news for you.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic and Fox Sports had this to say on Monday:

"I do expect that he will be traded," Rosenthal said of Bumgarner a few hours before the 2019 MLB Home Run Derby in Cleveland. "I do expect that he will bring a return similar to what the Rangers got for Yu Darvish a couple of years ago. It's not going to be great. He's a potential free agent. Two months of Madison Bumgarner. You're not getting the world for him."

Back in 2017, Texas traded Darvish to the Los Angeles Dodgers for infielder/outfielder Willie Calhoun, pitcher A.J. Alexy and infielder Brendon Davis.

At the time of that trade, only Calhoun was considered a highly-touted prospect. He entered the 2017 season as the No. 92 overall prospect in the game according to Baseball America. The 24-year-old has gotten brief cups of coffee in three seasons with Texas, but has yet to establish himself.

Alexy and Davis, both currently 21 years old, are still in the minors and aren't having much success.

Darvish finished the season with the Dodgers and then signed a six-year, $126 million contract with the Chicago Cubs.

Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi is hoping Rosenthal is wrong and that he can bring back two or three high-level prospects that will help the team's rebuild.

On Monday morning, Rosenthal reported through league sources that the Astros, Twins, Braves and Brewers are among the teams with interest in acquiring Bumgarner from the Giants.

Back in May, Rosenthal reported that Bumgarner has eight teams on his no-trade list, and Houston, Atlanta and Milwaukee are on it. Minnesota is not.

With every passing day, we get closer to the July 31 trade deadline. We'll soon find out what Zaidi is able to get in return for Bumgarner, if he trades him at all.

Giants vs. Red Sox lineups: Buster Posey back catching, batting fifth

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Giants vs. Red Sox lineups: Buster Posey back catching, batting fifth

With Bruce Bochy's 2,000th career win in the books, the Giants manager is going with a much different lineup Thursday at Fenway Park. 

Multiple players are getting the day off in the Giants' series finale with the Red Sox, but there's a notable return. Buster Posey is back in the lineup to catch Madison Bumgarner. 

Posey has been dealing with a back issue and hasn't played since Sept. 14. He'll bat fifth, somewhere he's been placed just five times this season. 

The veteran catcher has played just nine games this month, but is batting .281. 

Here are how the lineups look to shape up as the Red Sox play host to the Giants. You can follow the action on NBC Sports Bay Area or by downloading and streaming on the MyTeams app.

San Francisco Giants (74-78)
2B Mauricio Dubon
RF Austin Slater
CF Kevin Pillar
3B Evan Longoria
C Buster Posey
LF Joey Rickard
DH Jaylin Davis
2B Christian Adames
1B Aramis Garcia
LHP Madison Bumgarner (9-8, 3.73 ERA)

Boston Red Sox (79-72)
LF Andrew Benintendi
C Christian Vazquez
3B Rafael Devers
DH Xander Bogaerts
1B Brock Holt
RF Gorkys Hernandez
CF Jackie Bradley Jr.
SS Chris Owings
2B Marco Hernandez
LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (17-6, 3.64 ERA)

Giants' Joey Bart hits two homers in first game of Arizona Fall League

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Giants' Joey Bart hits two homers in first game of Arizona Fall League

There are hot starts, and then there's what Joey Bart did in his first game in the Arizona Fall League.

The Giants' top prospect hit not one, but two homers in the Scottsdale Scorpions' 5-4 win Wednesday night over the Mesa Solar Sox. Batting fourth as the team's starting catcher, Bart took the second pitch he saw on the night deep over the left-center field wall off Tigers No. 20 prospect Anthony Castro for a two-run shot. 

Leading off the top of the seventh inning, Bart hit his second homer, a solo shot off rising A's prospect Jesus Zambrano, who went 5-1 with a 1.47 ERA between High A Stockton and Double-A Midland this season. And he knew it was gone right away, too. 

Bart ended the night 2-for-4 with two homers, three RBI and two runs scored in the win.

“I feel like a lot of people gave up on me when I went down with that injury," Bart said to MiLB.com's William Boor after the win. "Yeah, I’m here to make up for lost time, but also here to compete and get better and prove to myself and prove to everyone else that my season’s not over.”

Bart missed nearly two months after breaking his hand at the plate with the San Jose Giants in High A. He started off slow upon his return, but then hit .289 with six long balls in July. Bart followed that up with a great August after he was called up to Double-A Richmond early in the month.

The Giants' top pick from the 2018 MLB Draft ended the season the best way possible by earning Eastern League Player of the Week while batting .536 with a homer, four doubles, a triple and six RBI in his final seven games. Clearly, he brought his hot stick with him to the desert. 

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To top it off, Bart threw out to base runners attempting to steal. 

Prior to the AFL, MLB.com's Jim Callis predicted Bart, who's the No. 20 prospect in all of baseball, would end next year in the top 10. His first audition in the Fall League was quite the way to prove Callis very well could be correct.